On losing weight and feeling great (excuse the cliche)

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A few months ago Hubby and I had a chat. Not that one, but one about feeling overweight, unhappy, unfit and lethargic. We both said that we felt the same. He, in particular, had put on a few stone that he wanted to shift, and I wasn’t running anymore and felt so unhealthy and overwhelmingly tired.

Of course we both said that we loved one another just the way we were and that we didn’t need to change – but still.

And supporting each other is key. If one partner eats McDonalds and brings home chocolate all the time, it’s tough being the one that is trying to be good. So we agreed to do it together and support each other as much as we could.

So Hubby decided to go on a diet. And I vowed to get fit and cut out the sugar and cake. And biscuits. And eating the twins left over dinners.

He went for the 2-day diet – where you are allowed to eat up to 600 calories each day (he selects a Monday and a Thursday) and then you can eat normally the rest of the week…without going too ridiculous.

And I got my running trainers on and started pounding the streets again. Mostly when the twins are at preschool, a few times a week. And I have been resisting the urge for chocolate, crisps and cake during the day – and in the evenings after dinner, (which has previously been my major weakness).

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In the last 6 weeks Hubby has lost a stone and a half, and I have lost over 5 pounds.

And wow do we feel superb for it!

As a result I’m back into enjoying clothes again, and wanting to wear the latest fashion. I also look (and feel) better in my jeans. Hubby looks SO much better too – and we both feel confident and happy.

It hasn’t been too tough, to be honest. The first week was the worst but then you just get used to it. Of course Hubby has a tendency to be a little grumpy on his diet day – and I really want a KitKat some evenings at around 8pm!! – but on the whole they have been such simple changes with a big impact.

It is merely a matter of changing your mindset on food, healthy eating and exercise, and applying a little willpower.

It is costing me a fortune in new clothes though! I have been shopping A LOT lately – as I’ve been ditching my baggy jumpers and sweaters and purchasing some new clothes that fit better. I’ve had a real confidence boost.

Despite this, we still indulge a little over the weekends, for we can’t live without our treats of a pizza, a little Prosecco and a bar of whole nut. But we definitely want to keep up the good work for the run up to Christmas.

And once you’ve seen some results, well you don’t want to look back do you?

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Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. October 20, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Good for you, Jess.

    I’m in a similar situation at the moment – I feel tired and sluggish all the time. I get out of breath easily and feel so unfit. I’ve put on quite a bit of weight over the last few months (weight I worked hard to lose over the summer). This week I am trying to get back on track with my healthy eating and squeeze a bit more (as in, some) exercise into my days! xx

    • Jess
      October 20, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      I know – SO easy to do. I have been making so many excuses about not going running for ages now and in the end I just needed to fit it in somewhere. Good luck with yours, and hope you find the time xx

  2. October 20, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Well done! I think it is all about changing your mind set – I was so used to having a biscuit (or 5) with a cuppa so even when I wasn’t hungry I would still reach for the biscuits with my cuppa. I eventually broke the habit and felt so much better for it. I have lost my way with exercise a little and I have noticed the difference not just in weight but in my skin, hair and energy – maybe a little shopping trip may be just the motivation I need! x

    • Jess
      October 20, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      You’re exactly right – it is habit. I am home a lot too and it is easy to open the biscuits and then finish them. I really have to tell myself not to snack. So hard! Good luck to you xx

  3. October 20, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Good for you, losing a little bit of weight always makes me feel better. I’ve lost over 10lbs since the beginning of September and it’s so nice fitting back into my clothes properly and not just looking what fits me. The Christmas period is always tough though, I have no will power. xxx

    • Jess
      October 20, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      No me neither re: Xmas – but I will enjoy myself for sure and then get back into good ways in January! Go you – thats fantastic!!!! Wow such a great job and you look fab xx

  4. October 20, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Well done Jess for staying committed. It’s tough staying committed to something. I changed my diet a year ago now and added in exercise 10 months ago and it was the best thing I did. It’s good that you are enjoying it too as that’s the thing that will keep you going. x

    • Jess
      October 22, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      It is tough – I do want to waiver but I feel in the zone right now!! Glad you have found your motivation too – go you!!! xx

  5. October 23, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Ugh I really need to get some committed motivation back in my life. I totally agree that you really have to do it together to avoid further temptation and sweet things are definitely my weakness. Well done on your progress! X

    • Jess
      October 23, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Thanks lovely. Sweet treats are my utter downfall and I have to be SO good not to eat them!! xx

  6. October 23, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    Wow Jess you have both done so well. I can’t believe your husband lost that much weight in only 6 weeks. Why is it men always seem to lose weight quicker than women. Its fab when you can do it together and keep each other going, but Jess I have to say you had a gorgeous figure before x

    • Jess
      October 23, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks Tracey – I think he had a little more to lose! But he has done great 🙂 Thanks and trying to be good but it is hard! xx

  7. October 26, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Oh wow good on you! That is great – you know, I am trying to be good at the moment but it is so hard and for me too the evening is my weakness, chocolate and wine! I was good last week, not so good this week! xx

    • Jess
      October 27, 2015 / 7:32 am

      Ahh you don’t need to be good – you’re just perfect. And you’re going through stress and must be drained and so sugar is such a good pick-me-up xxx

  8. October 30, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Well done! Me and my Hubby had a very similar chat the other day. It’s hopeless over half term especially with Halloween so starting Tuesday when the kids are back in school we are getting on the case! xx

    • Jess
      October 30, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Good luck! Had a little ‘break’ myself with visiting my Sister’s but am back on it now!!! xx

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